Dr. Diana Driscoll, Clinical Director, is an EDS patient who recovered from POTS, as have her children. Drs. Diana and Richard Driscoll began studying POTS and running numerous clinical trials when traditional treatment for POTS failed for them, and they were convinced there were medical reasons for their illness. They established Genetic Disease Investigators, LLC to conduct their studies and began finding answers via unique ocular testing. Drs. Driscoll are intimately familiar with POTS, chronic fatigue, brain fog, immune system decline, gastroparesis and other G.I. problems, poor temperature regulation, interstitial cystitis, and other symptoms affecting these patients. You may know Dr. Diana Driscoll from her site www.Prettyill.com where she provides informational videos concerning EDS (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome), mast cell activation disorders, chronic fatigue, hyperadrenergic POTS, and other forms of dysautonomia and POTS. She has worked tirelessly to promote awareness and education concerning these conditions, is recognized as the first person to use the now common #EDS hashtag on Twitter, and has reached out to help others on her forum at Prettyill.com, now known worldwide.
Dr. Akanki-Ahmad,MD, Medical Director, heads up the team of physicians. She carefully hand picks every doctor and physician’s assistant on the team, and assists in educating them about the nuances of POTS and chronic fatigue. Dr. Akanki is a 2008 graduate of Rutger’s New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. She completed her residency at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City and is currently a staff physician with Parkland Health and Hospital system in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Akanki has acted as a principal investigator in clinical research at Columbia University School of Physicians & Surgeons and has experience in both hospital and academic settings.
Leslie Morris, PA-C is a certified physician’s assistant who graduated #1 in her class of 1991 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern). She has had extensive experience in primary care as well as in treating complicated Internal Medicine patients. Leslie Morris was a sub-Investigator for over 50 research trials involving endocrine studies. Drs. Diana and Richard Driscoll (therapeutic optometrists), together with Dr. Feyisara Akanki-Ahmad, MD and Leslie Morris, PA-C will be personally involved in all patient evaluations and treatment.
All physicians on the team are carefully selected for their experience in “invisible illnesses”, their compassion and patience. Some physicians assist directly in patient care, while others are available for consultations as needed. Because experience in these conditions is a rarity, the physicians at POTS Care may need to consult with specialists outside of the local area. All of these costs are included in your fee. An integral part of the team are the doctors who work behind the scenes.
POTS Care has licensed the rights to use the collective knowledge obtained by the research of a variety of specialists involved in Genetic Disease Investigators, LLC. Although currently not directly involved in POTS Care, their work has been instrumental in creating the algorithms needed to evaluate POTS patients in a more thorough, yet efficient manner. When you are evaluated at POTS Care, it’s as if dozens of doctors that you never see are contributing their knowledge to your care. This new model for evaluation and treatment was a necessary step in providing patients with the best care possible in the least amount of time possible.